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Author: Jennifer Wetzel

China delegation visits campus

Nov. 4, 2011—A delegation of Chinese educators visited Vanderbilt Oct. 24-Nov. 4 to learn the latest in U.S. education policy and experience American classrooms and techniques firsthand. This marks the seventh consecutive year this program, the Education Leadership Learning Exchange (ELLE), has convened leaders from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, South China Normal University and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools...

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Documentary about Peabody College airs on NPT Nov. 3

Oct. 28, 2011—Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development celebrated its 225th anniversary last year. A new documentary on Nashville Public Television will celebrate that milestone. Paying the Debt: A History of Vanderbilt Peabody College airs at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, on NPT. Narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Brian Dennehy (Broadway’s Death of a Salesman,...

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Op-ed: Teachers key to solving worldwide illiteracy

Oct. 26, 2011—As the topic of education reform continues to dominate and preoccupy today’s educational discourse and divide a nation, it is easy to get distracted from the primary reason we send our children to school every day: to learn how to read, write, think, and speak effectively.

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Social audiences disrupt ‘learning by teaching’

Oct. 19, 2011—“Learning by teaching,” a method in which teaching facilitates the tutor’s own understanding, may be improved when the audience is not human, new research from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College finds. The study, based on research that suggests a person learns best when teaching a concept to someone else, compared teaching a person against teacher a...

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Chinese educators collaborate with Vanderbilt, Metro Schools

Oct. 3, 2011—A delegation of Chinese educators will join leaders from Peabody College and Metro Nashville Public Schools Oct. 24-Nov. 4.

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Expert source on FEMA funding freeze available to media

Sep. 26, 2011—Vanderbilt University researcher James Fraser has done extensive research on FEMA, buyouts and flood mitigation policies and is available to talk to media about the recent freeze on FEMA funding.

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Peabody College building renamed One Magnolia Circle

Sep. 23, 2011—The Peabody College building that houses the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, the Department of Special Education and the Susan Gray School has received a long-anticipated new name. Known in recent years as the MRL building, the original Mental Retardation Laboratory located on Magnolia Circle and backing 21st Avenue is now officially named “One Magnolia Circle.” Camilla...

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‘Toolkit’ makes medical procedures less stressful for children with autism

Sep. 21, 2011—Resource for physicians and parents created to make routine medical procedures less stressful for children with autism.

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Grammy-nominated artist LynnMarie holds show to benefit Susan Gray School

Sep. 20, 2011—Vanderbilt University will host Grammy-nominated artist LynnMarie Oct. 16 as a benefit and fundraiser for The Susan Gray School.

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Infants at risk for autism could benefit from motor training

Sep. 9, 2011—Early motor experiences can shape infants’ preferences for objects and faces, new research indicates. The study supports evidence that early motor development and experiences contribute to infants’ understanding of their world and implies that when motor skills are delayed or impaired – as in autism – future social interactions could be negatively impacted.

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Talking to children about 9/11

Sep. 8, 2011—“There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach for talking to your kids about this or any other catastrophic event,” says Vanderbilt professor of psychology Tedra Walden.

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‘Robust’ link between preschool, language and literacy

Aug. 18, 2011—Preschool teachers’ use of sophisticated vocabulary and analytic talk about books, combined with early support for literacy in the home, can predict fourth-grade reading comprehension and word recognition.

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